Weekly Digital Disc Picks – September 4, 2012

This week sees a lot of the same Universal 100th Anniversary titles that came out in other weeks, now in previously unavailable formats. We’ve also got a large number of Halloween product, as we always do in September, to make room for the Christmas titles in October. Don’t worry if that confuses you; I don’t understand it either.

Title Available Formats
Wuxia film from the director of “The Emperor and the Assassin”.
White Vengeance
Another wuxia film set during the Three Kingdoms era.
Haibane Renmei: The Complete Series
Intrigue in the Bakumatsu ~ Irohanihoheto: Collection 1
Series about a samurai during the shogunate who seeks the supernatural, and ends up running into a mysterious theater troupe.
Psychic Squad: Collection 3
Art House
Focus Features Spotlight Collection (Universal’s 100th Anniversary)
Includes Brokeback Mountain, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Atonement.
Umberto D. (Criterion Collection)
Classics (Cult)
Mother’s Day
2 Broke Girls: The Complete First Season
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Universal’s 100th Anniversary)
Bored to Death: The Complete Third Season
Bridesmaids (Universal’s 100th Anniversary)
  • DVD/Digital combo: Amazon
  • DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital combo: Amazon
Classic Comedy Spotlight Collection (Universal’s 100th Anniversary)
Includes Buck Privates, Duck Soup, Road to MoroccoMy Man Godfrey.
Comedy Favorites Spotlight Collection (Universal’s 100th Anniversary)
Includes Meet the Parents, Parenthood and The Nutty Professor. Note that this is the Eddie Murphy version of The Nutty Professor.
The Five-Year Engagement
Grounded for Life – The Complete Series
How to Make it in America: The Complete Second Season
Iconic Comedy Spotlight Collection
Includes The Big Lebowski, American Pie and Monty Python’s Meaning of Life
The Navigator
A New Leaf
The Office: Season Eight
Parks and Recreation: Season Four
Criminal Minds: The Seventh Season
For the Love of Money
Person of Interest: Season One
Scarface (1932) (Universal’s 100th Anniversary)
Best Picture Winners Spotlight Collection
Includes The Sting, The Deer Hunter and The Lost Weekend
Director Showcase Spotlight Collection (Universal’s 100th Anniversary)
Includes American Graffiti, Do the Right Thing, Born on the Fourth of July and The Last Temptation of Christ
The Good Wife: The Third Season
Grey’s Anatomy: The Complete Eighth Season
Hung: The Complete Third Season
Out of Africa (Universal’s 100th Anniversary)
Mad Monster Party
Blaine: Rankin/Bass made a Halloween special? How did I miss that?
Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, Vol. 1
Blaine: I believe this is the live action generation with the female Turtle named after a work of art named after a goddess instead of being named after an artist from the Renaissance. The one episode I saw also struck me as pretty sexist.
Fantasy Island – Season 2 (1977)
Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection
  • DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital combo: Amazon
This is a 31 disc set of the series.
Harvey (Universal’s 100th Anniversary)
Haven: Complete Second Season
12 Drive-In Theatre Cult Classics
Includes The Wasp Woman, The Screaming Skull, The Brain that Wouldn’t Die, The Killer Shrews, The Crawling Eye, Bride of the Monster, The Giant Gila Monster, Cat Women of the Moon, Frankenstein’s Daughter, Devil Girl from Mars, Invaders from Mars and Invasion of the Animal People.
12 Pack Horror Classics
Includes The Bat, The House on Haunted Hill, Black Sabbath, Snake People, Lady Frankenstein, The Blob, Creature of the Walking Dead, Haunted Ranch, The Little Shop of Horrors, Night of the Living Dead, Carnival of Souls and Corridors of Evil.
4 Horror Classics
Includes Children of the Corn, Creepshow 2, House and C.H.U.D.
4 Horror Comedy Classics
Includes Elvira, Transylvania 6-5000, Return of the Killer Tomatoes and House II
An American Werewolf in London
The Cabin in the Woods
This will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray on September 18.
Classic Monsters Spotlight Collection (Universal’s 100th Anniversary)
Includes The Mummy, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man and Phantom of the Opera.
It Came From Outer Space (Universal’s 100th Anniversary)
Piranha 3DD
  • DVD only: Amazon
  • DVD/Blu-Ray/3D Blu-Ray/Digital combo: Amazon
Thriller: Fan Favorites
Man on a Swing
Sherlock Holmes – TV Miniseries Collection
Science Fiction
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Universal’s 100th Anniversary)
Fringe: The Complete Fourth Season
The Incredible Shrinking Man (Universal’s 100th Anniversary)
Hand That Rocks the Cradle: 20th Anniversary Edition
Rear Window (1954)
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

Finally, the picks of the week. Alex says, “Nothing really sticks out in my mind. I might add Irohanihoheto to my Netflix queue, but that’s about it.” Blaine says, “I raved about Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and Harvey when they hit Blu-Ray, and those comments stand for the DVD release.”

One reply

  1. That Potter set looks very well done but I really wonder how many people will drop $500 on it.

    More than a few, I’m certain, but it would be interesting if they ever publish sales data on it.

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